Alaska Flooding Devastates Small Communities
Governor Sarah Palin has issued a disaster declaration for parts of Alaska that have been affected by spring flooding. These areas include the Yukon, Kuskokwim, Kobus and Susitna rivers. Ice jams in the Yukon River have caused the flood levels to rise up to 34 feet above flood stage.
In Eagle, Alaska, large pieces of ice (some the size of houses) have destroyed as many as 10 homes and a couple of log cabins that were knocked-off their foundations floated down the river. Up to 16 restaurants and businesses have suffered flood damage and damage from the large pieces of floating ice. It is estimated that 30 people are now homeless as a result of the water damage.
When the ice jam in Eagle releases, it is expected to flow down to the city of Circle. A flood has been issued for the communities along the Yukon River and will remain in effect until Saturday.
Not all has to be lost to a flood. Wet documents and wet books can many times be recovered by a restoration specialist. Restoration specialists can also help dry buildings and other items to help prevent the damage that mold can cause as a result of the water damage.